Dylan Wickens’ guitar work transitions between visceral stinging slide and soulful blues/rock with the combination of the two helping to define the band's sound as both raw and real but contemplative, while his vocals are gritty and fervent with a “Clapton like growl and urgency”. As a songwriter, Wickens composes well crafted and meaningful songs that often have a melodic twist at the end - a nod to the freestyle playing of 60s power trios.
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Chris & Geoff Dahl are real brothers from London,Ontario mastered their craft as bluesmen in the early 90’s while performing and recording with several r&b/blues/pop acts. During this time, the brothers (both sing/play all instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keyboards & harmonica) shared the stage with some of the world's top r&b legends. The Soul Brothers, Chris with his 4 octave vocal range & Geoff with his harmonica wizardry, continue to bring the power of the blues to stages around the world, including Jamaica in 2018! My YouTube
Cheryl Lescom has been part of the Canadian music scene for over 35 years. Starting off in 1975 with several of her own bands before becoming a back up singer for Ronnie Hawkins and touring with Long John Baldry. Cheryl also sang on many national jingles in the 1980's. Toured and performed with the likes of Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, Jack DeKeyser, Del Shannon, David Wilcox, Mel Brown, Paul James, Billy Durst and The Detroit Women. Cheryl has released 5 CD's. My Site My YouTube
David Gogo's dynamic style and mesmerizing skill as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and entertainer keeps him center stage wherever he plays. Sharp in action, dress and wit, Gogo leaves his audience entertained with dazzling rifts, edgy vocals, original tunes and off-the-cuff remarks. Part musician, part comedian, he's a force to be reckoned with. And yes, Gogo is his real name!
Jay Douglas first appeared on stage in Montego Bay, Jamaica when he was a youth. In over 45 years of entertainment, Jay has developed a wide-ranging repertoire of Soul, Funk, American Blues, West Indian Rhythms, Jazz Standards combined with fancy footwork and incredible on-stage charisma. In the early '60s, Jay fronted the R&B group "The Cougars" who with their skill and verve lit up the stages around the world! He continues to amaze with his smooth Blues and R&B stylings ... HalleluJAH.
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Lance is a Juno award winning producer and award winning keyboardist. He was trained as a classical composer and has both film and TV credits as a writer. Considered one of Canada’s finest record producers, Lance has his own label Make It Real Records which only records live-off-the-floor and captures the drama of a real performance. Lance is also an internationally known Hammond organ player and keyboard master along with his wonderful voice and storytelling ability, this is how he graces Jah Blues in 2018! My Site
Toronto singer and harmonica player Jerome Godboo is always improving himself, as a musician, a man and a communicator. An accomplished and exceptional bluesman, his bending harp skills have been sought by everyone from Ronnie Hawkins to the late Jeff Healey and he continues to mesmerize all who witness him onstage! He took home the Lee Oskar best harmonica Player award and proudly continues to represent it. Jerome, who wears his trademark toolbelt with a harmonica in every key, stepped up his game even further on the instrument. My Site My YouTube
Hailed as “an artist bringing the piano back to the front ranks of contemporary blues”, multiple-award winning blues”, multiple-award winning blues, boogie-woogie and jazz pianist Kenny ‘Blues Boss’ Wayne is called “Blues Boss” for a reason. His musical career began as a child prodigy in the late 1950’s and has continued to flourish for over 60 years with Wayne at the forefront of modern day blues piano practitioners. My Site My YouTube
Legendary Canadian blues crooner Chuck Jackson is Downchild’s singer and harmonica player; the sort of openhearted, friendly guy who builds an instant rapport with audiences. He came to Downchild 27 years ago after a long career with a number of top Canadian bands. An Award Winning singer, who rates Big Joe Turner, Otis Redding and Junior Wells as major influences. Mr Jackson expertly navigates the waters of blues and early rock and roll, churning out a traditional R&Bsound eminiscent of the 60s-era classics, right up to modern day hits. My Site My YouTube
Singer, song writer, arranger, producer, classically trained pianist, keyboardist, sax player and guitarist ... just some of the labels that Chuckee fits into! Wth her local band Chuckee and the Crawdaddies, Chuckee presents a unique edge of New Orleans swampblues along with her own take on favorites like Janis Joplin.
Chuckee blends her incredible talent in beautifully with her wonderful easygoing personal style. Chuckee has been writing songs for a solo album she is planning for release in 2017.
Gayle Ackroyd is an engaging performer. She has appeared on festival and night club stages all across the country. Gayle’s performance style, Country, Blues, Folk and some Zydeco. Her distinctive personal style has been described by Lenny Stout In the Toronto Star as "a whole lot of tender, and a little bit tough." Currently hailing from Guelph she teaches and performs locally and internationally.
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Joey is a solid fixture in the Ontario music biz. Inspired by Gene Krupa, he lives by the motto "Technique doesnt mean shit, if you cant play a backbeat, and lock it in!"
He is Kenny Blues Boss Wayne's first choice in Ontario and has supported many Canadian tours with a wide range of artists. We are fortunate to have him along to keep us in the groove.
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Danny Lockwood is a session drummer who has won at least three awards for his jazz album in 2008 and currently backs everyone and anyone in the region that needs a strong backbeat with a down to earth vibe.
Danny Lockwood has long been one of the city’s best-known session drummers. Lockwood started back in the day when musicians found work plentiful, whether recording in studio or playing live. Despite the abundance of jobs, Lockwood never took his work for granted.
Besides regular sessions on the skins, Lockwood is a regular on southern Ontario stages, and squeezes the odd job between his regular gigs, he has kept time everywhere from Hong Kong to Bosnia, with the likes of Stompin’ Tom to Jimmy Rankin (in no less Canadian a place than aboard the Blue Nose).
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Sherman "The Tank" Doucette is a real life Bluesman ... singer / harmonica ace / songwriter / recording artist ... a thirty year staple of the Vancouver music scene, now hailing from Kelowna BC. He has lived the blues and one day he will tell you how he became "The Tank". Humble, honourable, kind and generous, just 4 words that start to describe how wonderful Sherman is to all around, his love of the Blues carries him into teaching and workshops with children and locals alike.
Rita is well known across Canada as the "Goddess of the Blues". A gifted songwriter and an entertaining performer, it is her soaring 3 octave voice that sets her apart from her peers, inspires awe and often tears in her audiences, and causes critics to gush. " A voice so blue it could make the angels weep"... "A voice that can growl at her demons or soar with the angels, a gift for lyric, an ear for melody and the heart to combine them". Witness Rita in Mexico! My Site
Start with an exquisitely talented singer and guitarist with matinee idol good looks and add in utterly captivating accoustic six-string style —as well as displaying impressive prowess on the electric, and you have the combination that is Sil Simone. His repertoire is vast and solid, he hosts a weekly Guest Session at Carrigan Arms, Burlington, and entertains the audience, mostly on top of chairs and tables! Rock on! YouTube
George Olliver is a Canadian musical institution. Audiences have been raving about his stage show for years. He has been described as a dynamic performer, great soulful voice and probably the best showman in Canada! What is often overlooked is that he is a prolific writer, producer, and successful recording artist. Olliver's career shot to stardom as the lead singer of the now legendary R&B band Mandala, with TOP TEN hits "Opportunity" and "Give and Take". He still has the moves, witness him in Jamaica!!
A seasoned road warrior whose full-time touring schedule dates back to her days in Canadian rock band The Joys, Sarah continues to feel most at home on-stage. She plays nearly 300 shows per year, primarily in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Along the way, she has shared the stage with artists including Melissa Etheridge, Sass Jordan, Emm Gryner, Craig Cardiff, Joel Plaskett, David Wilcox, and many others. Whether it’s just her and her acoustic guitar or her full band, she is a mesmerizing performer. The 2015 DVD Sarah Smith: Plugged and Unplugged captures Sarah and her band in peak form, both live and in the studio. Accolades aside, and well appreciated, Sarah says it always about her music! YouTube www.sarahsmithmusic.com
Hailing from the artistic side of Ontario, the Stratford area, namely Rostock, Stevie represents the same talent as its theatre artists! He has played with the likes of Dutch Mason, Garrett Mason, Cheryl Lescom, Big Dave McLean, Thomas Buck Nasty, Bill Durst and the list goes on … and will continue in Roatan! https://www.facebook.com/Stevie-T-940015546050414/